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Lean on Pete (2018)


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Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse's gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father's absence-until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend's life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn't seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.


Charlie Plummer
as Charley Thompson
Steve Zahn
as Silver
Bob Olin
as Mr. Kendall
Craig Kennedy
as Horse Trainer
Joseph Bertot
as Warehouse Manager
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Critic Reviews for Lean on Pete

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7)

Again and again, I marveled at the humanist depth of the world Haigh creates, one that can only be rendered by a truly great writer and director, working near the top of his game.

March 16, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

I grimly admired the crushing way that it sidesteps romantic baloney at almost every turn, including subverting whatever assumptions we might have about the ultimate role Buscemi's surrogate father figure might play.

September 12, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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"Lean on Pete" is a small gem that covers a vast amount of territory.

September 5, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There's tragedy here, but what's most winning about Lean on Pete is how Haigh never lingers on misery. He's as interested in surprising kindnesses and the goodness of most folks as he is in life's knocks.

September 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What reads on the surface like an archetypal tale of a boy and his horse becomes an affecting snapshot of the contemporary American underclass in Andrew Haigh's lovely, slow-burning drama, Lean on Pete.

September 1, 2017 | Full Review…

It's frustrating to watch, but designed in such a way that the boy's loneliness will haunt long afterward.

September 1, 2017 | Full Review…

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